Gus-class LCAC

The Gus-class LCAC was a medium-sized assault hovercraft operated by the Soviet Navy from 1969 until the early 1990s.

Class overview
Operators:  Soviet Navy
Succeeded by:
Built: 1969–1974
In commission: 1969–1990s
Completed: 32
Scrapped: 32
General characteristics
Type: Landing Craft Air Cushion
Displacement: 27 long tons (27 t)
Length: 21.4 m (70 ft 3 in)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • 3 × TVD 10 (2 of which TVD-10M) 780 hp (582 kW) gas turbines (1 lift, 2 propulsion)
  • 2 × three-bladed variable-pitch propellers
Speed: 60 knots (110 km/h; 69 mph)
  • 230 nmi (430 km; 260 mi) at 43 kn (80 km/h; 49 mph)
  • 185 nmi (343 km; 213 mi) at 50 kn (93 km/h; 58 mph)
Troops: 25 assault troops with equipment
Complement: 6
Armament: None


The Gus class was a military version of the Soviet Skate class 50 passenger hovercraft, and was designed to transport infantry and light equipment. Between 1969 and 1974, 32 Gus-class assault hovercraft were constructed. They were deployed to all Soviet naval fleets except the Northern Fleet, and were used extensively along the Amur River border with China. Three Gus-class LCAC could be carried by the Ivan Rogov-class landing ship. They were replaced by the larger Tsaplya-class and Lebed-class LCAC and more recently the smaller Czilim-class hovercraft. All Gus-class hovercraft were believed scrapped in the early 1990s.


The Gus class was capable of carrying up to 25 assault troops and their equipment.

See alsoEdit


  • Sharpe, Richard (RN) Jane's Fighting Ships 1990-91 ISBN 0-7106-0904-3
  • (in English) All Gus class LCAC - Complete Ship List